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The only comforting prospect to the otherwise devastating loss of Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries is that you can now catch Matt Davis on his new The CW show, Cult.

The death of the vampire-hunter-history-teacher at the end of Season 3 was devastating for fans, particularly because Davis was such a beloved addition to the cast. Shortly before his departure, talk began of a new pilot for him, entitled Cult, which follows a newspaper reporter Jeff Sefton as he investigates the fictional TV show "Cult" that airs on The CW. How meta is that?!

Amidst a bevy of questions from TV Guide, Davis admitted that he was relieved to say goodbye to Alaric and move on to new things:

We were winding down Season 3 when [executive producer] let me know that this would be the end of the show for me... I called my agents right away and I said, 'I'll be a free agent soon enough. Get me back out on the market.' That was on a Friday and they called me on a Monday with an offer for this pilot Cult.

And while Davis enjoyed his time on The Vampire Diaries, he was more than ready to move on for his sake and his character Alaric's:

I had my creative differences along the way with the character, and while Julie Plec and I are dear, dear friends, she knew that... I'm very opinionated and when you're put in a position where you're getting the story lines that are not necessarily what's cranking at the back of your mind or digging at the potential of your character and you have to sit on your hands, that's frustrating. And being a secondary character is equally frustrating. So Julie saw a really great way to wrap up my character, which was in alignment with the end of my contract, and I couldn't have hoped for a better execution for winding down Vampire Diaries and segueing into Cult.

Well, Davis seems pretty confident about Cult, which means that I am too. This could be a very interesting program for The CW, especially since they have shows with such devoted fans, like TVD and Supernatural. What say you? Are you willing to sacrifice Davis on Diaries for his appearance in something shiny and new?

Cult premieres on Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW.


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